Police Union Threatens ‘War’ With Wilkinsburg Chief After 4 Officers Punished

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Wilkinsburg police chief has dismissed criticism from a union leader who questioned her leadership and threatened to “go to war” with the city after four officers were punished.

Carl Bailey with the Wilkinsburg police union says the department under Chief Ophelia Coleman is “a huge mess” that is only going to get worse. On Monday, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “We’re prepared to go to war with Wilkinsburg.”

An unsigned letter alleging “fear and uncertainty” at the department was presented to the borough council on April 5, the same day it voted to fire an officer accused of shirking his duties.

Coleman says Bailey is angry about that firing and three other suspensions. She said most officers disagree with him and morale at the department is fine.

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One Comment

  1. David Colton says:

    When rank & file law enforcement lose respect for their chief, AND..put it in writing, it’s time for a change. We are usually a very private lot, and usually handle these things internally. The chief’s laissez faire attitude towards this problem GREATLY disturbs me.
    FYI-I know NONE of the parties involved. I served my watch of 30+ years in Florida, so I have no personal interest in this, other than it sounds like my brothers & sisters in blue are getting a raw deal.
    Be curious to know the ethnic makeup of the disciplined officers, and if it played any part in the punishment.
    Bad enough to fight the “bad guys” on the street & in court. Shouldn’t have to do that with in the department. JMHO

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